If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you know firsthand that the name is apropos. Within seconds, you can go from feeling quite well and “ordinary” to experiencing absolute dread and fear. And often with no apparent trigger. It’s a horrible way to live.
But you don’t have to feel like a helpless victim of these attacks. Here are some powerful ways you can stop panic attacks in their tracks:
Suppose you recognize that you are having a panic attack, not a heart attack. In that case, you can instantly calm yourself by realizing this is only temporary. It will pass, and you will be okay. And once you gain a little calm, you can employ further techniques.
Hyperventilating is a common symptom of a panic attack. Breathing in an erratic pattern tends to make the attack intensify.
Conversely, deep breathing can reduce the symptoms of a panic attack and bring you back to a calm state. Breathing slowly and profoundly signals to the rest of your body that the “threat” is gone, and you can get out of “fight or flight” mode.
Some people can become triggered by things in their environment. If this happens to you and you find yourself in a fast-paced environment with too many stimuli becoming overwhelmed, close your eyes while taking some deep, slow, full breaths.
Panic attacks tend to cause a feeling of detachment or separation from reality. Mindfulness meditation is powerful because it can help you stay fully present in the here and now. In addition, meditation has been shown to relieve stress and anxiety.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and other mental health treatments have been shown to help people suffering from panic attacks. CBT sessions can happen in private, in groups, and even online.
If you are interested in exploring treatment options, please get in touch with me. I’m here to help and answer any questions you may have.